Steps taken to stop waste dumping at Millbrook site

CONCRETE blocks have been put in place to prevent fly tipping at the site of a former Millbrook care home.

Land behind St James’ Church on Huddersfield Road became prone to people illegally dumping rubbish.

But large blocks were installed on February 13 designed to stop anyone with the intention of leaving waste behind in their tracks.

Concerns from people living nearby led to emails being sent to the landowners, who acted quickly even though they are based in the south of England.

Now they want the remaining rubble left from the demolition of the original building cleared.

“There was only one incident of fly tipping as far as I’m aware when someone left some fencing panels in late January,” said Tiger Menesiero, one of the people concerned with the area becoming a target.

“But word spreads and it would only have been a matter of time before people used the site to dump waste.

“It wouldn’t have taken long before something like that would have happened or even travellers may have set up camp there.

“Fortunately, people emailed the landowners and they paid for a company to come up with the blocks and install them on the path next to the church so no-one can get up there.

“Now, a lot of the unsightly things there are from the demolition of the care home, it seems like it has all been gathered up in a corner and left.

“I’m not sure if there will be plans to develop the site or not but for the time being, it could perhaps do with being tidied up.”

In October 2016, the former Millbrook Vicarage, which later became Heritage House Care Home, ended up on fire after what fire chiefs thought was probably caused by an arson attack.

An investigation into the fire by Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service concluded “the most likely cause is deliberate ignition”.

The two storey, empty building was believed to have been built in the 19th century and even though it was put out, the structure was compromised.

As a result, it was razed to the ground early last year as parts of it were deemed unsafe.

The vicarage had remained empty for several years before the blaze. However, the neighbouring church, which is part of the Church of England’s Diocese of Chester, remains in regular use.

The site can be accessed by a track that runs off Huddersfield Road, down the side of the church.

However, the blocks will make sure no vehicles can gain access, vastly reducing the chances of fly tipping.

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